Stylistic Devices in the Story "A Respectable Woman"

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“A respectable Woman” by Kate Chopin

Epithets: - unbroken rest - mild dissipation * deep satisfaction

Metaphor: * the air that swept across the sugar field * silence melted for the time

Metonymy: * footsteps crunching the gravel

Antithesis: * He had been her husband's college friend; was now a journalist, and in no sense a society man or "a man about town," which were, perhaps, some of the reasons she had never met him. But she had unconsciously formed an image of him in her mind. * She pictured him tall, slim, cynical; with eye-glasses, and his hands in his pockets. Gouvernail was slim enough, but he wasn't very tall nor very cynical; neither did he wear eye-glasses nor carry his hands in his pockets. * His manner was as courteous toward her as the most exacting woman could require; but he made no direct appeal to her approval or even esteem. * Gouvernail's personality puzzled Mrs. Baroda, but she liked him. * Gouvernail was in no sense a diffident man, for he was not a self-conscious one.

Polysyndeton: * She pictured him tall, slim, cynical; with eye-glasses, and his hands in his pockets; and she did not like him.

Simile: * His manner was as courteous toward her as the most exacting woman could require.

Allusion: * Once settled at the plantation he seemed to like to sit upon the wide portico in the shade of one of the big Corinthian pillars, smoking his cigar lazily and listening attentively to Gaston's experience as a sugar planter.
Oxymoron:
* alone together

Consonance: * Gouvernail took no manner of exception to her action

Italicization: Graphon: * and undisturbed tête-a-tête with her husband * You are full of surprises, ma belle * I am glad, chère amie, to know that you have finally overcome your dislike for him

Ellipsis: * "When is he going −…...

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